Alonzo Conyers
Headshot of CPCC Student Alonzo Conyers

How can studying abroad impact your life? Just ask Alonzo Conyers.

"I want to work for a film or television company. So, I chose Central Piedmont Community College because of its digital film and videography program, Global Learning Office, and the many resources it offers the students," he said.

One of those resources is study abroad. Alonzo jumped at the opportunity to travel with Central Piedmont Global Learning to Ecuador and loved every minute of it. Once he returned, he joined other student organizations like Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society and the MAN UP mentoring program. Alonzo even became a Foundation Ambassador and NC Scholar of Global Distinction.

Everything was going as planned for Alonzo until his father passed away in April 2018. "Last semester was the hardest time of my life," he said. "I questioned whether I wanted to continue my education at all or study abroad again in Peru and accept an offer to work at either Telecinco or TigoUne television companies based in Colombia," he said. "But I knew my father would not want me to quit."

So he decided to resume his journey. "If I didn't continue my education, I wouldn't have been offered the amazing opportunity to work at Siemens or I wouldn't have been offered an internship at the Toronto International Film Festival," he said.

"These experiences increased my employability and made me a better person. I got the chance to learn about different cultures, and I also learned many things about myself just by being abroad," he said.